The installed base of embedded and hybrid connected car systems is expected to grow from 45 million at the end of 2011 to 210 million by 2016. Many different flavors of connected car implementations contribute to this trend:
ABI Research practice director Dominique Bonte comments: “The prospects for the connected car look good, with growing interest from a range of stakeholders.”
User interest is mainly driven by connected infotainment, which is gaining momentum as illustrated by Toyota’s Entune, and Audi’s and TomTom’s connected in-dash navigation solutions. In-car Wi-Fi networks allow passengers to continue using their connected portable devices. For electric car owners connectivity simply is a must, to keep track of the battery charging status.
Bonte notes, “Car manufacturers not yet offering connected services increasingly look out of touch with reality. Most are working hard on solutions to be launched in the near future. However some, locked in the conservative, anachronistic attitudes still prevalent in large parts of the automotive industry, still struggle to find the right business model and technology platform and hesitate to embrace openness and wide-ranging industry cooperation.”
ABI Research’s new “Connected Car Market Data” provides detailed forecasts of embedded, hybrid, and converged connectivity solutions including subscribers, service revenue, and hardware shipments and revenues.
It is part of the recently launched Connected Car Research Service.
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